Category: Political Systems

Fractals , Corona and Climate

Have recently reread the book “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable” by Nassim Taleb.  The basic premise of the book is that human history especially in recent times is dominated by unexpected but extremely consequential events. The outbreak of the Coronavirus epidemic which came as a surprise to most of us, certainly […]

External Air Pollution Costs

One of the remarkable features of the current measures being widely taken today to control the spread of the Coronavirus  is how much they are a throwback to measures historically taken when dealing with infectious disease. For all of the medical progress that has taken place the most effective method of dealing with this virus […]

From the Ashes of COP25

The recent climate conference COP25 has ended as many before with  little concrete action on the climate crisis we are experiencing. Clearly the current mechanisms for dealing with the climate crisis are woefully inadequate. The essential question we must ask ourselves  is what can be done to change the current course of affairs. It may […]

The Case for Unilateral Action on Climate Change

I have been somewhat occupied lately with understanding and trying to influence Israel’s policy, or to be frank lack of effective policy, on Climate Change. There are no real technological barriers to stopping greenhouse gas emissions from the extraction and usage of fossil fuels. Certainly In Israel we have plenty of sun and also some […]

Nationalism vs Patriotism & Progressive Global Leadership

French President Emmanuel Macron has urged world leaders marking the centenary of the World War One Armistice to reject nationalism. In the present day and age this is a remarkable position for a national leader to take. National leaders are expected to advance their nation’s interest, and most of them spend the best part of […]

Migration – Ethical & Practical considerations.

My kind and generous sister Josie Glausiusz has  for the last few months been traveling to Lod every Sunday evening to help Eritrean asylum seekers fill out an eight-page refugee status determination form. She  suggested that if I was writing a blog on global issues I might like to tackle the issue of migration.  I […]

Reforming the EU – Soros etc

There have been quite a variety of intellectuals of one sort or another who have roots in Hungary. My father is one and George Soros is another. In that light I read with some interest George Soros’s  latest article on the subject of Europe. As I have read it his basic contentions is that Europe […]

Trials of Democracy

Some forty odd years ago I was learning about the British Constitution  in classes taught by  a teacher with the delightfully English name of Woodthorpe Harrison. Maybe because England does not actually have a written Constitution, or for some other reason (I have since heard that his Economics classes were similar) about ninety percent of […]